Abidjan-Lagos Road Corridor: ECOWAS Takes a New Step with a Validation Workshop on Trade and Transport Facilitation

The ECOWAS Commission organized a three-day technical workshop to review an interim report on the trade and transport facilitation study for the Abidjan-Lagos road corridor development project. This workshop, held from June 27 to 29, 2024, in Lomé, brought together representatives from member states, regional and international institutions, as well as development partners, to review progress made and agree on a framework for the smooth movement of goods, services, people, and vehicles along the corridor. The main objective of the workshop was to validate the interim report and gather feedback…

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ECOWAS Strives to Revitalize Regional Trade with its New Common Trade Policy

From July 9 to 11, 2024, Abuja, the Nigerian capital, hosted a crucial meeting of the ECOWAS Technical Working Group on the Common Trade Policy (CTP). This gathering, which brought together trade experts at regional and national levels, aimed to review and amend the CTP draft, an initiative following recommendations from meetings of experts and Ministers of Trade and Industry held in Abidjan last year. The main objective of this meeting was twofold: to finalize the CTP draft and develop its strategic action plan. Once ready, these documents will be…

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Deployment of SIGMAT: Meeting of Customs Directors General of the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor

On June 24 and 25, 2024, Lomé, the capital of Togo, hosted a crucial meeting of the Directors General of Customs from the member states of the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor (Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, and Togo). This meeting, focused on the deployment of the Interconnected Transit Goods Management System (SIGMAT), was held under the auspices of the ECOWAS Trade Liberalization Scheme Task Force. Placed within the framework of implementing the recommendations from the high-level ministerial meeting held in Cotonou in October 2023, this event aimed to explore solutions to overcome…

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Abidjan – Lagos Corridor: opening of the workshop to validate the results of the Spatial Development Initiative Study

This project to build the Abidjan-Lagos corridor, implemented by ECOWAS, is a 1028 km supranational motorway that forms a major part of the trans-African road network The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission, in collaboration with the African Development Bank (AfDB), is organising a validation meeting for the Spatial Development Initiative (SDI) study for the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor from 14 to 16 May 2024 in Accra, Ghana. This three-day meeting brings together experts from the ECOWAS Department of Infrastructure, the ECOWAS Project Preparation and Development Unit (PPDU), representatives of…

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ECOWAS’ interconnected System for the Management of Goods In Transit (SIGMAT) now operational in nine (9) Member States

A meeting of Directors General of Customs was held in Lomé, Togo, on 8th and 9th June 2023 on the Interconnected System for the Management of Goods in Transit (SIGMAT) between the Customs Administrations of Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo. Representatives of ECOWAS, UNCTAD, the World Bank Group, GIZ and JICA also took part in the meeting. The opening ceremony was chaired by the Commissioner General of the Office Togolais des Recettes (OTR), Mr. Philippe Kokou B. TCHODIE. ECOWAS Commission was represented at…

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